Compass Sea School was happy to provide a well-equipped training venue for the Portishead and Bristol Lifeboat crews RNLI Casualty Care Course. The aim of this course is to train crew to a level which will enable them to carry out principles and practices of Casualty Care to the injured or sick at sea and on land.
Treatment is aided by a set of waterproof check-cards that use flow charts that covers aspect of injury, illness and immersion and even triage for when casualties outnumber first aiders.
The course is 75% practical and the volunteer crew must carry out casualty assessments, answer two multiple choice papers and demonstrate competence in practical scenarios which are made as real as possible. Topics covered included the care of unconscious breathing patients, resuscitation and ventilatory support, control of major bleeding, non-traumatic chest pain, allergic reactions, diving related illnesses and sea sickness. The treatment of head, chest and spinal injuries, fractures and burns were also covered.
The RNLI are building the new lifeboat station ahead of a formal adoption of The Portishead Lifeboat Trust when the station is built, according to the wishes of the charity’s Trustees who agreed that an adoption would take place once the RNLI had provided a new home that was fit for purpose.
Contractors, Andrew Scott Ltd., who are building the new RNLI lifeboat station at Portishead have completed construction work on the 60 m long concrete launch ramp, as scheduled. Work has also been completed on the low water launch area to the West of the Royal beach, the contractors had two low water periods in September during which they could work on this section of the launch ramp, luckily good weather has helped with the project. A new beach access staircase is well under way and is constructed of pre-cast concrete blocks of a cobblestone appearance. Gavin Evans, project manager for Andrew Scott Ltd. said ‘ We are pleased to report that all on shore works were completed in time to meet with the planning consent, which was in place to protect migratory birds’. Work on the actual lifeboat station has also progressed with more steel framework being fixed into place, internal walls are being built a concrete staircase is now in situ, and the external brick face is well under way.